Muller wonderstrike sees Germany finish level with Spain

Andres Iniesta set Rodrigo up with a delightful through ball, with the Valencia forward firing a first-time shot past Marc-Andre ter Stegen to give Spain the lead.

Germany next face Brazil in Berlin on Tuesday, while Spain host Argentina in Madrid in another battle of World Cup heavyweights.

"The team is on a very good path and these games help us to continue growing to be at the optimum level when the World Cup arrives".

Thomas Muller equalised for Germany with a spectacular 25-yard piledriver.

Germany were punished for living dangerously as Spain dominated the early exchanges.

It should have been 2-0 to Spain on 18 minutes when Isco's pass to David Silva was just a fraction too heavy and Ter Stegen had enough time to smoother the attack.

Spain travelled to Germany, playing out an entertaining draw, in what was undoubtedly more competitive than a friendly fixture that it was supposed to be.

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The second half started in the same action-packed way as the first.

The hosts continued to pose the greater goalscorer threat, however, and Werner went close again before Hummels sent a 65th-minute header crashing against the crossbar from Kroos' cross.

In the end, both teams could have won the game, especially in the moment when Diego Costa had a clear chance to wrap up the game, only for ter Stegen to stand in his way.

"To come to Germany and dominate for 90 minutes is hard, but the team have had personality, ambition and we've played our trump cards trying to win the game, as always at any ground and against any opponent". These two teams are among the bookies' favorite to lift the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation this summer and we all witnessed a preview of what could be a likely final.

There was little to choose between the two sides, who both demonstrated their quality and strength in depth and showed they will take some beating at this summer's Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 World Cup.

With that in mind, Lopetegui named a strong side - as did Germany counterpart Joachim Low - which included a 150th global appearance for Sergio Ramos.

"We knew that Spain are hard to defend against, you have to nearly defend against them man-to-man".

  • Rita Burton